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Boxed Water Plants Over 1.2M Trees on National Forests

Boxed Water’s unyielding commitment and support for the NFF’s tree-planting program has resulted in the reforestation of thousands of acres of National Forests. A leading NFF corporate partner since 2015, this partnership began before our 50 Million For Our Forests campaign and was critical to its successful launch in 2018. Their unique approach, committing to plant 2 trees from every social media post with #BetterPlanet, has been a driving force for good. Now, in our seventh year of the partnership, the company’s reforestation investment will reach more than 1,275,000 trees planted on National Forests by the end of 2021.

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30 Things You Should Know About Tree Planting

Forests play a critical part to keep our environment healthy. But our forests need us more than ever – more than 1 million acres of National Forests are in need of reforestation. To bring awareness to this incredible need and the NFF’s 50 Million for our Forests campaign, we are excited to share 30 facts about reforestation.

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From Root to Tap: How Trees Ensure Fresh Water Supply

When you turn on the tap for a drink of water, forests may have played a role. Forest lands supply more than 50 percent of our nation’s water supply and 65 percent of the supply in the West. In total, this encompasses about 180 million in more than 68,000 communities, including major cities like Los Angeles, Portland, Denver, and Atlanta. National forests alone provide 18 percent of the nation’s water and more than half of the water in the West.

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Why Reforestation: Regenerating Our National Forests

​Reforestation is a top priority for the National Forest Foundation, the USDA Forest Service, and many state, tribal, and private forest land managers. In fact, the U.S. Congress directed the Forest Service to improve and protect forests as early as 1897 with the passage of the Organic Administration Act. Though our understanding of forest health has advanced remarkably since then, reforestation remains a key goal. Why?

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Tree Planting During the Coronavirus Pandemic: Challenges and Impacts to 2020 Projects

As if the logistical challenges of planting millions of trees were not enough, add into the mix a global public health crisis, unlike anything the world has seen in generations. The Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has taken an immense toll on the lives and well-being of many and created unprecedented challenges to on-the-ground forestry and conservation efforts, our 50 Million For Our Forests campaign included.

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Making an Impact: 2020 Tree Planting Projects

Each year, we work with the U.S. Forest Service to find the most critical tree-planting projects on our National Forests. Thanks to NFF donors and partners, we have committed to dozens of exciting projects for 2020. Our efforts will span the country – from native species expansion on Georgia’s Chattahooche-Oconee National Forest, to disease restoration on Alaska’s Tongass National Forest – and help restore critical forest cover and wildlife habitat. Below are just a handful of the projects we have planned for 2020, and each takes us a small step closer to our 50 million tree planting goal.

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Green Biz 2020: Key Takeaways from Corporate Sustainability Leaders

For the first time, National Forest Foundation (NFF) staff joined one of the leading sustainability conferences in the nation. The GreenBiz 2020 conference brought together more than 1,400 leaders in sustainability, including leading American corporations, universities and nonprofit organizations in Scottsdale, Arizona for three days to explore the nexus between business and sustainability.

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Five Quick Facts about Tree Planting

Our supporters know that we plant locally sourced, native trees on high need National Forests through our partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, but we often receive inquiries about how and when we plant. Here are five quick facts that may help answer some of your planting questions and demonstrate the measures our agency partner takes to ensure that our trees survive.

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Are There Trees in Your Tap?

Did you know that each time you turn on the faucet, you may have a National Forest to thank? Not only do our forests provide a host of environmental and public health benefits, they are also essential to a clean, plentiful water supply.

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Envisioning a Future for Iconic “High Five” Pines

Many a high-mountain wanderer has taken in a magnificent view while resting in the shade of a high five pine tree. The gnarled limbs of these ancient trees are often the final vestiges of shade at the gateway to the alpine zone. Mounting threats, however, are confronting this iconic group across their habitat range in the western U.S. and Canada.

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